Personal Statement of Faith
Section 1: The Bible
I believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God (Matthew 5:18; 2nd Timothy 3:16-17). I hold the Bible to be inerrant in the original writings, God-breathed, being the complete and final authority for faith and practice (2nd Timothy 3:16-17). While still using the individual writing styles of the human authors, the Holy Spirit perfectly guided them to ensure they wrote precisely what He wanted written, without error or omission (2nd Peter 1:21).
I study, teach and preach from the King James Bible. I believe God has preserved His word (Psalm 12:7) and that the King James Bible is the preserved word of God. The manuscripts used for the King James Bible (Majority manuscripts) came from and around Antioch. Scripture tells us that it was in Antioch where the disciples were “called Christians first” (Acts 11:26). I believe that bible translations using manuscripts from other areas may be “questionable” in their content. At the same time, I believe that God is not restricted. A person who is truly seeking God will find Him no matter what translation is used (Jeremiah 29:13).
Section 2: God
I believe in one God, who is Creator of all (Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 1:16), revealing Himself in three distinct Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2nd Corinthians 13:14), yet one in being, essence, and glory (John 10:30). God is eternal (Psalm 90:2), infinite (1st Timothy 1:17), and sovereign (Psalm 93:1). God is omniscient (Psalm 139:1-6), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-13), omnipotent (Revelation 19:6), and unchanging (Malachi 3:6). God is holy (Isaiah 6:3), just (Deuteronomy 32:4), and righteous (Exodus 9:27). God is love (1st John 4:8), gracious (Ephesians 2:8), merciful (1st Peter 1:3), and good (Romans 8:28).
Section 3: Jesus Christ
I believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is God incarnate, God in human form, the expressed image of God the Father, who, without ceasing to be God, became man in order that He might demonstrate who God is, and provide the only means of salvation for mankind (Matthew 1:21; John 1:18; Colossians 1:15).
I believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:23). Jesus is truly fully God and truly fully man (John 1:1,14). Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life (1st John 3:5) and all His teachings are true (John 14:6). I believe the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all humanity (1st John 2:2) as a substitutionary sacrifice (Isaiah 53:5-6). The Death of Christ is sufficient to provide salvation for all who receive Him as Savior (John 1:12; Acts 16:31); and that our justification is grounded in the shedding of His blood (Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:7); and that it is attested by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; 1st Peter 1:3).
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven in His glorified body (Acts 1:9-10) and is presently seated at the right hand of God, fulfilling his role as our High Priest and Advocate (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).
Section 4: The Holy Spirit
I believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). He regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5) and indwells believers (Romans 8:9). The Holy Spirit is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all believers into His body (1st Corinthians 12:12-14). He is the seal by whom the Father guarantees the salvation of believers unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14). He is the Divine Teacher who illumines believers’ hearts and minds as they study the Word of God (1st Corinthians 2:9-12).
I believe that the Holy Spirit is ultimately sovereign in the distribution of spiritual gifts (1st Corinthians 12:11). Many of the miraculous gifts of the Spirit, while by no means outside of the Spirit’s ability to employ, are no longer given as in the early development of the church (1st Corinthians 12:4-11; 2nd Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 2:20; 4:7-12).
Section 5: Angels and Demons
I believe in the reality and personality of angels. God created the angels to be His servants and messengers (Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 148:2; Hebrews 1:14).
I believe in the existence and personality of Satan and demons. Satan is not some abstract “image of evil”, but is a fallen angel who led a group of angels in rebellion against God (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-15). Satan is the great enemy of both God and man. Demons are Satan’s servants in evil. He and his demons will be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
Section 6: Humanity
I believe humanity came into existence by direct creation of God. Humanity is uniquely made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Humanity, because of Adam’s fall, has inherited a sinful nature, and all human beings choose to sin (Romans 3:23). All sin is exceedingly offensive to God (Romans 6:23). Humanity is utterly unable to remedy this fallen state (Ephesians 2:1-5,12).
I believe God’s plan for human sexuality is only within the context of marriage. God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete one another. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the structure of human society. For this reason, marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1st Corinthians 6:9).
I believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end; and that we must have concern for the physical and spiritual needs of our fellow men. (Psalm 139:13; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10).
Section 7: Salvation
I believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ’s death fully accomplished justification through faith and redemption from sin. Christ died in our place (Romans 5:8-9) and bore our sins in His own body (1st Peter 2:24). On the third day after His death, Jesus physically rose again, demonstrating His victory over sin and death (Romans 14:9).
I believe salvation to be received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Good works and obedience are the results of salvation, not requirements for salvation. Due to the greatness, sufficiency, and perfection of Christ’s sacrifice, [only] those who have truly received Christ as Savior are eternally secure in salvation, kept by God’s power, secured and sealed in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1st Peter 1:5; Jude 24). Just as good works cannot earn salvation, good works do not maintain nor sustain salvation. Good works and changed lives are the inevitable results of salvation (James 2).
Section 8: Hell
I believe in a place called Hell. Hell was “prepared” for Satan and the demons (Matthew 25:41). It is a just punishment for the wicked one. Hell, or the lake of fire, will also be the destination for those who reject Christ (2 Peter 2:4–9). The good news is that people can avoid hell. God, in His infinite mercy and love, has made a way of salvation for everyone who trusts in God’s Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16, 36; 5:24).
There is nothing in scripture that hints to a place some refer to as purgatory. After death, scripture is clear that there are no second chances. People are destined to die once, and then there is a judgement (Hebrews 9:27).
Section 9: The Church
I believe that the Church, being both the Body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all believers of this present age (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2nd Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27. Revelation 19:7-9). I believe in the ordinances of believer’s water baptism by immersion as a testimony to Christ, identification with Him, and being one of the first outward signs of obedience to Christ.
I believe the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of Christ’s death and shed blood (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:8; 1st Corinthians 11:23-26). The church is to teach believers to obey the Lord and to testify concerning their faith in Christ as Savior and to honor Him through holy living.
I believe the Great Commission is the primary mission of the Church. It is the obligation of all believers to witness, by word and life, to the truths of God’s Word. The gospel of the grace of God is to be preached to the entire world (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2nd Corinthians 5:19-20).
Section 10: Things to Come
I believe in the blessed hope (Titus 2:13), the personal and imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His saints (1st Thessalonians 4:13-18). I believe in the visible and bodily return of Christ to the earth with His saints to establish His promised millennial kingdom (Zechariah 14:4-11; 1st Thessalonians 3:13; Revelation 3:10, 19:11-16, 20:1-6). I believe in the physical resurrection of all human beings—the saints to everlasting joy and bliss on the New Earth, and the wicked to eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13).
I believe that the souls of believers are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where they await their resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; 2nd Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17). I believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in misery until their resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they appear at the Great White Throne judgment, to be cast into the Lake of Fire, suffering everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2nd Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15).